Fire rescue academy cadets’ physical progress: problems and prospects



Postgraduate A.V. Makarov1
Dr.Hab., Professor V.V. Ponomarev1, 2
1Siberian Fire and Rescue Academy of the State Fire Service of the Ministry of Emergency Measures of Russia, Zheleznogorsk
2Reshetnev Siberian State University, Krasnoyarsk

The study analyzes the Fire Rescue Academy cadets’ physical fitness building process over the academic 5-year period. The physical progress under the study was rated by endurance-testing 3000m race tests; speed-testing 100m sprint test; dexterity and coordination testing 10x10m shuttle run test; standard combined strength tests; and the pull-ups test.
The study showed the traditional physical training system applied at Fire Rescue Academy being inefficient as verified by the irregularities in the physical development rates both on a yearly basis and for the academic 5-year period on the whole. We believe that the concerning situation is due to the following: high percentage (up to 50%) of the poorly and moderately physically fit entrants; non-customizable traditional physical education model that may not be individualized to the group physical fitness levels, age-specific anthropometrical characteristics and age-specific physiological changes in the cadets’ physical fitness; limited educational tools to cultivate high motivations in the cadets for physical development – since their only motivation at present is to receive ‘satisfactory’ points.

Keywords: physical fitness, Fire Rescue Academy cadets, basis physical qualities, progress.


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